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Former Nebraska, Syracuse Star Andrew White Had A Very Strong NBA Debut

Andrew White attempting a shot in NBA game.


Andrew White III made an immediate impact in his first career NBA game.

The lowly Atlanta Hawks, one of many teams contending for the best odds in the 2018 NBA Draft lottery, called up Andrew White from the G-League earlier in the week. White had been playing for the Erie Bayhawks.

On Wednesday night, he played 17 minutes against the Detroit Pistons, and made the most of them.

White was 6-of-11 from the field and hit 3-of-7 three-point attempts, scoring 15 points in his first NBA game. He added two rebounds, an assist and a steal. His 15 points were a team high for the Hawks

Ultimately, Atlanta fell to the Pistons 104-98. White helped Atlanta get back into a game that was seriously slipping away, however.

The Hawks trailing by 30 as late as 3:48 remaining in the third quarter. They wound up getting within four points in the final minute of the game.

White scored 10 of his 17 points in the second half. Between stints with the Bayhawks and the Maine Red Claws during this G-League season, he had been averaging 15.8 points, shooting 44.3-percent from the field, 39.8-percent from three point range, and 83.1-percent from the free throw line.

White had an interesting college career, playing for three prominent programs during his five-year career.

He began his career at Kansas, where he signed as a four-star recruit out of Virginia. 247Sports ranked him the No. 54 overall player in the class of 2012.

He played two years for the Jayhawks, topping off at 2.4 points per game in just over six minutes of action as a sophomore. After those two years, he left for Nebraska, where he sat out as a transfer for a year before breaking out as one of the better scorers in the Big Ten.

White averaged 16.6 points per game with the Huskers in 2015-16, and posted career highs in field goal percentage (48.1), three-point percentage (41.2), and rebounds (5.9 per game). After the year, he elected to play his final year as a graduate transfer at Syracuse, where he averaged 18.5 points per game for a disappointing Orange squad. He went undrafted last year.

White didn't get a ton of looks as a prospect, but at 6-foot-7 with the ability to knock down threes, he could be a nice late-season story for the Hawks. Atlanta currently has the worst record in the NBA at 18-41, tied with the Phoenix Suns.